2012 has officially come to a close, and we take a look back at the year that was in the App Store. Thousands upon thousands of apps have been released this year, and many in the games category. We have looked over all the games that were released in 2012, and have selected the 100 best games of 2012 for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch.
All this week, we will feature the top 50 games of 2012, and we will reveal 10 games at a time. Stay tuned all week for:
Our rankings are based on a five person panel focusing on iOS uniqueness, overall enjoyment, and complete experience. It’s now time for #50-41, following #100-51 yesterday.
41.) On The Wind ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: An iOS game that lets you control the wind, and your goal is to survive through the four seasons. You pick up leaves with the wind, and try to maintain at least one leaf for as long as you can. It’s an endless game with actual seasons to show your progressions with fewer leaves as you go. There’s an absolutely brilliant artistic design coupled with silky smooth touch controls as you control the wind for an exquisite and unique iOS experience.
42.) Zuma’s Revenge ($4.99, Universal HD / $1.99, iPhone) [Review]: The classic marble shooter from PopCap has finally made it to iOS with the adventure variation. There are 60 adventure levels with six boss battles, and there’s such great gameplay balance. The game has been perfectly balanced for iOS, and it really feels like it was built for touch from the ground-up. The difficulty curve has been brilliantly maintained for consistent challenge that is never overwhelming, and there;s outstanding flow for multiple chains and combos.
43.) Burnout Crash ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A game all about destruction as you build up multi-car pile-ups to score the most points possible. You send your car into the intersection to begin the first crash, and then you can flick your car a bit at a time to get in the way of more cars. The cars start to pile-up, and soon you set off explosions, and trigger special super events including asteroids, twisters, tidal waves, airplane crashes, and more. There are 18 different intersections across six unique locations with three different game modes for alternating challenges of time attacks, multi-combos, and gigantic destructions. There’s simply so much action on screen, and it’s all detailed beautifully.
44.) Polymer ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: is one of the most unique games in the App Store, and a top notch puzzle experience. You slide rows and columns to arrange the individual pieces into the biggest shape you can. There are so many possibilities on the board at a given time, and there are four different game modes to test your puzzling skill. This is one of the best puzzle games out there as it introduces a brand new mechanic, but makes it easy for anyone to understand and enjoy. The art design is as finely crafted as you will find, and there’s now multiplayer too.
45.) Azkend 2 ($3.99, Universal HD / $2.99, iPhone) [Review]: A sequel to the previously best match three game in the App Store that pits you trying to match every tile to clear the board. The sequel maintains the same style, but increases the size, and complexity of each board with unique challenges on individual levels. There’s an all new Jules Verne-esque storyline that turns the match three style into a true adventure game complete with collectibles, and deluxe power-ups. There’s also an absolutely exquisite design.
46.) Air Mail ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: The ultimate highlight is the total immersion in the 3D piloting adventure so that you feel in complete control, and connection with flying the plane. The game pits you in a bi-plane transporting mail bundles, collecting fish, dusting crops, diverting disaster, and launching fireworks. Each level provides a unique challenge to keep the flying fresh, and it’s such a smooth flying experience with the great touch controls. The 3D graphics are at the top for iOS games whether you’re flying through the adventure or simply exploring aimlessly through the beautifully crafted worlds.
47.) Ragdoll Blaster 3 ($0.99, iPhone / $2.99, iPad) [Review]: Ragdoll Blaster 2 is still a phenomenal game, and one of the best physics puzzlers in the App Store, but Ragdoll Blaster 3 greatly improves upon the formula with over 100 levels across five unique worlds. There’s a brand new 3D physics engine with improved ragdolls with a patchwork art style. It’s great to witness it all in action as you aim to launch the ragdolls to the bullseye on each given level. Every single one of the over 100 levels includes a unique challenge, and you’ll just want to keep playing.
48.) Slingshot Racing ($0.99, Universal) [Review] is a genre changing racing game that is perfectly suited for touch with a unique mechanic where you simply tap to latch on, and slingshot around curves. You latch on with a rope, and then release to slingshot on to the next part of the track. It’s such a brilliant game mechanic that allows for simplicity, high speeds, and a direct connection to the action on screen. Rather than simply tapping gas and break buttons, you need to focus on momentum with timing as everything. There are four different game modes across 64 races as well as online multiplayer.
49.) Granny Smith ($0.99, Universal) [Review] : an action packed roller skating platformer where Granny is out to get back her stolen apples from a thief. In each level, Granny roller skates automatically, and you tap one side to jump over obstacles or gaps, and tap the other for granny to slide along wires with her cane. It’s unlike anything else in the App Store, and a rather exhilarating ride thanks to exquisite level design, and the need to outrace a chubby kid to get back the apple he stole. The art design, and physics engine are exquisite as well.
50.) King Oddball ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A physics puzzler that is perfect to play in quick bursts or surprisingly long sessions. There’s a brilliant one touch control scheme to play anywhere as you simply tap the screen to launch stones to try to destroy every tank, helicopter, and soldier on screen. It’s all timing based as the stone swings back and forth, and you need to tap to release at the right moment. There’s a great them as you play as the bad guy, and the game is bursting with content with 120 levels in addition to all kinds of specific challenge modes.